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Ref no:
RGU04127
Published:
14/6/2021
Closes:
8/8/2021
Location:
RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
Salary:
£34,804 - £49,553 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent
Position Type:
Full Time
Hours:
35 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Summary

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment invites 
applications for the position of Lecturer in Environmental Design & Sustainable 
Practices which is offered on a full-time basis. You will be an Architect or Architectural Technologist with ability to contribute on matters of sustainable practice to these disciplines as well as those of Surveying and Construction Management.

We are pleased to advertise this exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the academic team of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, contributing to teaching, research, and consultancy, and to the future development of the School. Robert Gordon University is undergoing a period of ambitious change at present, and this post offers considerable opportunity for a dynamic, collaborative, and adaptable individual.

The Scott Sutherland School has a track record of practice-based research in low 
housing energy design and retrofit practices, that extends back for over 25 years. As such, we can demonstrate a long-standing commitment to sustainability and the climate change mitigation agenda, supported by a depth of expertise. However, we are looking to expand our capabilities in this field, specifically through the development of new course provision, the evolution of existing curricula, and the further expansion of our research. As part of this expansion, we invite applications to the post of Lecturer in Environmental Design & Sustainable Practices to work across the School.

You will possess a strong holistic knowledge of the relationship between the built 
environment and the UN Sustainability Goals, as well as of current UK Government targets, legislation, and policies relating to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Equally, you will be able to contextualise and apply this knowledge to practices relating to the construction process, from feasibility and initial design strategy to construction and post-occupancy evaluation. A sound knowledge of retrofit practices is also expected, demonstrated through application in practice and / or research.

We are specifically looking for someone who has expertise in the physics relating to the design of energy and carbon optimisation in buildings, and who has experience of translating theoretical principles to applied, practical scenarios relevant to existing and new buildings. Knowledge of key environmental modelling tools and software is also sought, along with the ability to apply these in design scenarios, set up and automate their application from early conceptual design to full BIM model at the detailed design stage. Examples include, but are not limited to, IES, ‘Ladybug’ tools, Green Building Studio, etc.

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline (or equivalent industrial research  experience) and a passion for the development of the knowledge base within industry through applied research. Evidence of an emerging track record for publishing work of the highest academic quality and impact will be an added advantage. 

You will also have practical experience within the construction industry, including involvement on project solutions that have strong environmental determinants. You will be teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students in small and large class sizes.  You will be required to contribute to the academic support and development of students through delivery of modules at all levels, and work collaboratively with staff in a variety of settings across the School.

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Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Strategic Lead.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility.

PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to teaching across the School’s programme of Built Environment disciplines.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Actively contribute to the implementation of the school teaching and learning, research, and income generation plans and strategies, and positively participate in relevant staff development activities.

Play an active and constructive part in:

Actively contributing to course provision through preparation and delivery of materials, conducting assessments, and liaison with students, staff, employers and mentors as necessary. (Please note that Masters awards and courses delivered as part of the University’s Graduate Apprenticeship programme require aspects of delivery throughout the summer months).

Carrying out other designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and distance learning, workshops, field trips, studio work, etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by Course Leader, Line Manager, or Head of School.

This applies to Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Corporate delivery, and includes activities such as:

  • Curriculum design and review
  • Planning and implementing innovation in teaching & learning
  • Planning and implementing novel assessment strategies
  • Preparing for / actively participating in QAA and professional body accreditations
  • Preparing for / actively participating in Subject reviews

Ensuring that the Course / Module design and delivery achieves KPI targets and appropriate quality standards through effective Course / Module leadership (i.e. National Student Survey, Student Achievement Rates, Student Evaluation Questionnaires, Employability statistics).

Liaising with the Course Leaders and key team members as necessary to:

  • Identify and proactively address areas where current provision is in need of revision or improvement, with particular regard to maintaining ‘currency’ relevant to the student cohort(s) and professional requirements.
  • Respond positively to day-to-day student feedback and modify approaches to delivery where appropriate
  • Set, mark and assess student coursework & examinations, & provide feedback to students to agreed deadlines using a variety of methods
  • Supervise student projects, field trips and, where appropriate, placements
  • Participate in developing, preparing, and reviewing of teaching materials, and provide tutorial and personal guidance for students.
  • Actively pursuing individual or collaborative research, according to plans agreed at departmental level. Produce high quality outputs, supervise research students, establish externally funded research projects, disseminate own work to staff and students, etc.).
  • Working individually or collaboratively, identify sources of funding and actively contribute to the process of securing external funds for agreed research activities.
  • Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from Research and scholarship to teaching and appropriate external activities.
  • Contributing to consultancy work by undertaking delivery of teaching within the UK & overseas, as may be required by contracts entered into by the University, and subject to the University’s Risk Assessment procedures.

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Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • A PhD in an area (or demonstrably close to PhD completion) related to the net-zero carbon imperative within the construction industry, or extensive industry experience including on project solutions that have strong environmental determinants.
  • An Honours degree in a discipline relevant to the construction industry.

Knowledge

  • A strong holistic knowledge of the relationship between the built environment and the UN Sustainability Goals, as well as of current UK Government targets, legislation, and policies relating to climate action.
  • Expertise in the physics relating to the design of energy and carbon optimisation in buildings, and demonstrable ability to translate theoretical principles to applied, practical scenarios.
  • Knowledge of key environmental modelling tools and software is also sought, along with the ability to apply these in design scenarios, set up and automate their application from early conceptual design to full BIM model at the detailed design stage. Examples include, but are not limited to, IES, ‘Ladybug’ tools, Green Building Studio, etc.
  • Ability to contextualise and apply this knowledge to the construction process, from feasibility and initial design strategy to construction and post-occupancy evaluation.

Experience

  • Academic experience or industrial experience in relevant area.
  • Evidence of published research outputs and/or engagement with funded research work, or a significant depth of professional practice experience and learning from which research or commercial / consultancy opportunities can be developed.

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • A Postgraduate qualification in Architecture (RIBA ARB Part 2 or equivalent), or Architectural Technology
  • Professional membership of ARB, RIBA, or CIAT
  • FHEA membership

Knowledge

  • A developing body of research publications in recognised peer-reviewed journals, and a demonstrable knowledge of research funding streams and applications, or a body of work that may in future be translated into commercial / consultancy activity and / or peer-reviewed research outputs

Experience

  • A track record of external engagement, as the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.
  • Experience working in a higher education institution in a subject allied to the built environment.

Behaviours

Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 2 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 5 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

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